Open Minds, Open Doors - more please!2 February 2017
The home and community support services (HCSS) sector is crying out for more training opportunities like Open Minds, Open Doors, following the success of the popular dementia training programme.
“I seen the little lamp” – Mansfield and the cognitively impaired mind31 January 2017
Classic works of literature have been expertly adapted for those living with dementia and cognitive decline in an attempt to rekindle a love of reading in people who might otherwise struggle to read. By JUDE BARBACK.
Licence To Occupy model used for dementia care suites19 January 2017
In what is thought to be a New Zealand first, Summerset has opened a dementia care facility offering Licence to Occupy (LTO) apartments. The new centre, which is located at Summerset by the Ranges in Levin, opened its doors in November last year.
Alzheimer's without the symptoms - research breakthrough16 November 2016
Some people are naturally immune to the symptoms of Alzheimer's even when they have the disease, scientists have found.
Healthbots set up home at Selwyn3 November 2014
Following a trial at Selwyn Heights retirement village in 2013, the Selwyn Foundation has now introduced four robotic seals – or healthbots - to promote interaction and provide comfort for residents in Selwyn rest homes.
New research reveals Kiwis fear dementia1 September 2014
In new research released by Alzheimers NZ, more than a third of New Zealanders state that dementia is one of the things they fear most about getting older, with 15 per cent fearing dementia more than any other condition, second only to cancer.
Short doco shows life in South Auckland rest home11 June 2014
A new three-minute documentary, Today, from New Zealand filmmakers captures life inside a South Auckland rest home.
New dementia framework launched6 May 2014
A new strategic framework for New Zealand’s dementia community was recently launched by Alzheimers New Zealand, replacing and building on the National Dementia Strategy 2010-2015.
Dealing with dementia: the need for education and support
Dementia education sessions have been held for more than 450 health professionals across the South Island during the past 12 months as part of a Primary Care Dementia Education project.
Supported decision-making and people living with dementia
CHRIS PERKINS discusses some innovative methods of communicating with people living with dementia that can help them to make the important decisions in their lives.
Dealing with dementia
As the general public becomes more familiar with dementia and what it means, the obsession with cure and prevention increases. But as a society, perhaps we should be looking to truly embrace dementia-friendly communities instead, suggests JUDE BARBACK.
New dementia design guidelines – do we need them?
Providers have raised concerns that work led by the Ministry of Health concerning new dementia design guidelines “ignores financial reality and current service offerings”.
Dementia: looking beyond the cure
DR CHRIS PERKINS says we should turn our attention from finding causes and cures and instead focus on enhancing care and support for those with dementia.
Seeking sweet dreams: the difficulties with sleep and dementia
CAROLINE BARTLE discusses why sleep can be a problematic area for people with dementia, and what we can do about it.
The three ‘S’s and the three ‘A’s – ensuring optimum nutrition for residents with dementia
Recently qualified dietitian Debra Nell completed her master’s thesis on meeting the nutrition and hydration needs of residents in dementia care units. As part of her research, she developed a series of recommendations for facilities catering for these special residents.
The dangers of polypharmacy
CAROLINE BARTLE and HELEN BEHRENS discuss the risks associated with inappropriate polypharmacy, particularly for older people with dementia.
I attended the Home and Community Health Association’s 2015 conference in Auckland last month. Among the excellent speakers was Professor Nicholas Mays from the United Kingdom, who spoke about the difficulties in achieving a truly integrated health system, one where all parts of health and social care work together to provide a seamless and coordinated service for the customer.
Dementia design – the Kiwi way
The plans for the new dementia village
Dancing with dementia
JUDE BARBACK looks at a recent dance and dementia project that has had a lasting impact.
Highlighting the link between loneliness and dementia
CAROLINE BARTLE says it’s time to stop talking and start acting on funding a campaign to tackle loneliness in older people – ultimately delaying, or even preventing, the onset of dementia.
The links between loneliness and dementia
CAROLINE BARTLE says the time is right to campaign for funding to tackle loneliness as a way of moderating risk factors that delay the onset of dementia.
Improving the dementia environment at home
CAROLINE BARTLE provides a comprehensive checklist for identifying areas of the home that could be enhanced to support and improve the quality of daily life for the individual living with dementia.
Up close and personal with Colin Mathura-Jeffree
Colin Mathura-Jeffree tells INsite what inspired him to become Alzheimer’s New Zealand’s Champion for Dementia.
iPad revolution in dementia care
LIAM BUTLER learns how iPads are transforming dementia care at Bupa’s Naomi Courts Specialised Dementia Care Home in Nelson.
Seeking meaning behind behaviour that challenges
As the number of people with dementia increases year on year, we need to get better at understanding and managing challenging behaviours that can occur. By BETH McDOUGALL.
Dementia and nutrition
CAROLINE BARTLE discusses the importance of good nutrition for people with dementia and gives some practical advice to help make meal times easier.